Thought for  a Moment by John Fish

“Thought for a moment you were going to say you remembered me.”
Ben stared at the reflected light of the sky on an overhead lamp shade. The porch was crudely made and he felt the rickety wood rail wobble when he leaned back on it.
“I was going to say that this place is so boring. Then I changed my mind and decided to ask your name.”
“That’s OK,” Ben said. He shifted nervously and tried to think of an excuse to leave.
“I can’t remember everyone I meet. Is that a crime.”
The wind gusted down the outdoor staircase and blew discarded papers across the planks of wood. The steps shook as a man of great girth pranced down, smoking a cigar and flicking an ash in Ben’s direction.
“What am I suppose to remember everyone?”
The repetition irritated Ben and he looked away.
The he abruptly turned his head and said in a low voice. “You said you loved me. You were going to move in the next day. Then you went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back.”
There was stillness in the silence.
Ben walked away. He hated that he wanted to run back. The sunshine shattered the room with slices of light. He ignored passing faces. He turned back to face the window to the porch and saw that it was empty now. And so was he. So was he.

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John Fish is a Los Angeles artist who paints abstracts, landscapes and portraits with expressive painterly strokes and heavily textured surfaces. I explore the way space flows to entwine objects that have no boundaries.

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  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamabout 6 years ago

    A sad story John, yet it helps me to see a the expression of emptiness and dismay in the painting. Beautifully done.

  • mogodbeer
    mogodbeerabout 6 years ago

    oh sad but beautiful

  • meltaylor
    meltaylorabout 6 years ago

    This is an amazing piece of art and beautiful story to accompany it!!
    Fabulous job!!

  • thanks Mel. glad you liked the art. the story is totally fiction, by the way.

    – John Fish

  • photojoey
    photojoeyabout 6 years ago

    great work and words always John. Joe

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 6 years ago

    Beautilful and sad John.

  • meltaylor
    meltaylorabout 6 years ago

    I figured that!!

  • butchart
    butchartabout 6 years ago

    this is achingly brilliant………… b

  • dlmorrow
    dlmorrowabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous!! The painting!! AND … the story!! I’m sure many of us have been there … perhaps even on both sides. Well done, John

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    lovely work

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 6 years ago

    A fine piece of work John. Your stories are so interesting and creative. Perfect compliment to the image.

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